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The top stories from the KentOnline news team

The top stories from the KentOnline news team


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The top stories from the KentOnline news team








Podcast: Dartford woman devastated after Border Collie puppy dies

In today’s podcast, a woman who purchased puppies from a breeder says she’s devastated after one died just nine hours after he got dropped off. Our reporter, Charlotte Phillips has the details. For the first time since July last year - house prices in the South East have failed to rise in monthly terms. Nationwide says they're unchanged from August, but are still almost 10.5% higher than in September 2021. We speak to a mortgage advisor in Rochester. There are calls for an alleyway...


Podcast: Vokes Taxis forced to shut Rainham office early due to abuse aimed at staff from customers

A taxi company says it's been forced to close one of its offices early, because of abuse aimed at staff by customers. Vokes Taxis used to keep its site on Station Road in Rainham open until midnight but now shuts at 6pm. Hear from reporter Amy Tregenna who has been speaking to the co-owner of the business. Also in today's podcast, an organisation that gives grants to charities in Kent has told the podcast they're hearing from an increasing number that are struggling. The voluntary...


Podcast: Rat infested flat near Deal making woman’s life a misery

A woman has described how a rat infestation in her flat near Deal is making her life a misery. Marilyn Nolan says the rodents are keeping her up at night and chew on the carpet. She's urging the council to do more. Hear what Marilyn had to say to our reporter and we've got a response from the local authority. Also in today's podcast, we've been told how children in parts of Thanet are having to sleep on the floor or share a bed with their parents, because they haven't got furniture of...

Podcast: 9 in 10 people in Whitstable are worried about the impact of Airbnb and short-term holiday lets on the town

New research has found nine in 10 people in Whitstable are concerned about the impact short-term holiday lets, or Airbnb properties, are having on the town. The result of an online survey of residents carried out by the Canterbury District Green Party have been published. We've been speaking to a local councillor and heard what one Airbnb owner has to say about it. Also in today's podcast, we've been hearing how small businesses in Folkestone town centre face tough choices this...

Podcast: Maidstone mum may consider having her daughter fostered if she can’t get into Sussex boarding school that can cope with her autism

The mum of a 10-year-old girl from Maidstone with autism says she may consider putting her into foster care if she's unable to go to a specialist boarding school in Sussex. Liz Lindenbauer has told the podcast how she is struggling to cope with Eva's autism. She is now desperate for something to be done and has been speaking to our reporter Megan Carr. Also in today's podcast, a couple say they're disappointed after being told they couldn't pay with cash at a new cinema complex in...

Podcast: Dozens of jobs lost as 284-year-old Kent business goes into administration

Dozens of people have been made redundant after a 284-year-old Kent business went into administration. Bosses at Chartham Paper Mill are blaming tough trading conditions on things like Covid and the rising cost of living. Hear what administrators have said. Also on today's podcast, we get reaction to the chancellor's not so mini budget as he announced the biggest tax cuts since 1972. Plans to redevelop part of Sheppey have been criticised for focusing on building a new crazy golf course...


Podcast: ’We came here for a better life, but it’s a misery...’

In today’s podcast, a dad from Brazil has had his tyres slashed, and a car and two motorbikes stolen, in what he says is a vendetta because they're 'foreigners'. Marcelo Gomes and his family came to the UK for a better life but regularly get abused – being told to leave the UK as they "do not belong" here. Our reporter, Juliana, has the details. Also today, the KentOnline Podcast has been told 15% of the adult population in Kent - or more than 1 in 10 - are binge drinking. Over 300,000...


Podcast: Gran dies in agony on floor of Deal care home after waiting almost six hours for an ambulance

A 91-year-old great-grandmother has died in agony after suffering a fall at a care home in Deal and waiting almost six hours for an ambulance. Phyllis Hopley-Dodd suffered a broken hip after falling at St Winifreds. Hear from our reporter Chantal Weller who's been speaking to Mrs Hopley-Dodd's granddaughter. Also in today's podcast, Aylesford football club have paid tribute to one of their players who was found dead after being reported missing. 20 year-old Jay Carr was discovered...


Podcast: Video of fight outside McDonald’s in Ashford goes viral

Video of a fight outside McDonald's in Ashford has gone viral. Violence is thought to have broken out near the fast-food restaurant in the High Street last Friday. It's since had millions of views and isn't the first time there's been trouble in the area in recent months. Also in today's podcast, there are calls to save a former Debenham's in Folkestone from being demolished. The three-storey Edwardian building on the corner of Sandgate Road and Bouverie Place is set to be pulled down...

Podcast: Thousands gather in London for the Queen’s State Funeral

Thousands of people have gathered in London for the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen's coffin was transported on a gun carriage to Westminster Abbey where dignitaries from around the world had gathered along with members of the Royal Family. Hear from the Archbishop of Canterbury who delivered the sermon and has also spoken about his final meeting with the Queen. We've also been speaking to people from Kent who made the journey to the capital to see the huge...

Podcast: Margate man who stalked a woman including following her on TikTok has avoided prison

A woman's revealed how she's been forced to wear a body cam and fears leaving her own home after being followed by a stalker. 28-year-old Anthony Laslett from Addington Street in Margate has avoided being sent to prison. Hear from our reporter who followed the case in court. Also in today's podcast, there's concern noisy people could disturb residents in part of Canterbury as bars and restaurants moving into a new leisure complex apply to stay open into the early hours. A Curzon cinema's...


Podcast: Next to remain at County Square in Ashford following u-turn by bosses

Next bosses have done a u-turn and confirmed they are going to keep their store at County Square in Ashford. We'd previously been told they were going to follow in the footsteps of Debenhams and H&M in leaving the centre. It's now been confirmed they will remain open. Also in today's podcast, we've got an update on yesterday's top story about trouble at a McDonald's in Maidstone. Police have confirmed there has been a charge after trouble broke out on Week Street on Sunday night. Hear...

Podcast: Girls throw drink over pregnant woman and ’assault’ staff at McDonald’s in Maidstone

Police have confirmed they are investigating after a pregnant woman had a drink thrown over her and staff were allegedly assault at a McDonalds in Maidstone. Witnesses say trouble involving a group of girls broke out at the fast-food restaurant on Week Street. Hear what was captured on video. We've also got a statement from the chain. Also in today's podcast, a boy who broke his hip after falling off monkey bars on the first day of secondary school has been told he has a rare condition....

Podcast: Teenager stabbed outside Chatham school, Victory Academy, just days after the start of term

A teenage boy has been stabbed outside a school in Chatham just days into the new term. The Year 11 student was taken to hospital after it happened near Victory Academy. Hear from our reporter with the latest information. Also in today's podcast, a man's been banned from driving and given a fine after being caught drunk behind the wheel by McDonald's staff in Medway. TV's Dr Hilary Jones, who lives in Kent, talks about worrying new data that shows a significant drop in the number of...

Podcast: Questions over future of Broadway Shopping Centre in Maidstone as Lidl prepares to move out

Historic events have taken place in Kent over the weekend following the death last week of Queen Elizabeth II. Hundreds of people have gathered in town centres to hear proclamations for the new King, Charles III. Kent's MPs have also been paying tribute to the late monarch in the Commons. You can also hear from a veteran who is an ambassador for the Royal British Legion Industries in Aylesford and has spoken of his pride in serving Queen and country. Also in today's podcast, there's...

Podcast: Kent reacts to the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

A period of national mourning is under way following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty passed away peacefully at Balmoral in Scotland yesterday afternoon. During her 70 year reign, the Queen made many visits to Kent. In this special episode we'll hear about some of the places she went to and speak to some of those who met her. We've also been speaking to religious leaders, one of Kent's MP and Her Majesty's representative in the county. Bells at churches across the county have...

Podcast: Driver taken to A&E after car crashes into the front of Darent Valley Hospital

A car has crashed into the front of a hospital building near Dartford. It happened at Darent Valley earlier this morning. Hear from our reporter who has been to the scene. Also in today's podcast, the new Prime Minister has announced a cap on energy bills in a bid to help families struggling with the rising cost of living. Help has also been offered to businesses over six months. We have reaction from Canterbury Food Bank and the chief exec of the Kent Invicta Chamber of...

Podcast: Bosses at De Bradelie Wharf in Dover say revenues are down 40% since RingGo-only parking payments were introduced

Bosses at a shopping centre in Dover say they've suffered a 40% drop in revenue since RingGo was introduced as the only way to pay for parking. Machines at the site have been removed and customers have to use an app or make a phone call. Our reporter Sam Lennon has been speaking to the centre manager and some customers - you can also find out how he got on parking there. Also in today's podcast, an invention by a Kent woman which could help with the early detection of breast cancer has...

Podcast: Huge fire rips through historic water tower building in Sheerness

A huge fire has ripped through one of Sheppey's most historic buildings. Firefighters were called to the Victorian water tower on Trinity Road in Sheerness last night. Hear from our reporter who has been to the scene of the blaze. Also in today's podcast, Britain has a new Prime Minister and business in Kent are already urging them to take action on rising energy prices. Hear from a guitar maker to the stars from Canterbury and a pub owner in west Kent who say their bills are set to rise...

Podcast: What Kent wants to hear from new Tory leader and Prime Minister Liz Truss

Liz Truss has been confirmed as the new leader of the Conservative Party and will become the next Prime Minister. She beat Rishi Sunak in a leadership contest following the resignation of Boris Johnson and will travel to Scotland tomorrow to meet the Queen. We've been finding out what the new PM's challenges will be in Kent and what some of you want her priorities to be. Hear from our political editor, the chair of the National Care Association, the chief exec of the Kent Invicta Chamber...